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April 25, 2016

Friendly reminder

8:34 am - Posted by Gregg

I lost over 250 pounds of excess weight over a decade ago. If I can do it, so can you! It just begins with a decision to commit to what you really want out of life and for your health. (Believe in yourself!)

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April 12, 2016

Clean Eating 101

11:55 am - Posted by Gregg

Clean Eating is more than just a trendy catch-phrase. In fact, it’s something we can all benefit from whether or not we’re trying to lose weight. And the tenants for clean eating are easier than you might think — but certainly this helpful infographic from Skinny Mom helps break down the Do’s and Don’t's in an easier-to-understand way.

Keep in mind, you need to adapt these tips to your own body and your individual lifestyle. For example, I find that eating 3 meals a day (with a healthy snack or two when needed) works much better for me than eating 6 smaller meals (as the infographic recommends).

The road to a healthier and happier you is an individual one. You want to make healthy choices that serve your needs. This might mean visiting your doctor and discussing your goals. But certainly clean eating can factor into anyone’s health regimen (no matter what their goals) and provide lots of benefits — not to mention surprising amounts of flavor. (Since switching to farmers markets for most of my produce, I find vegetables and fruits bought at traditional grocery stores to be pretty tasteless).

Yes, buying fresher, more organic (clean!) produce and food products can be a little pricier. But as my own personal physician recently pointed out to me, the cost savings benefits in terms of overall health far exceed the costs of clean eating. To find a farmers market in your area, click here.

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9:50 am - Posted by Gregg

Nutrition guru Joy Bauer has always been someone who inspires me. And lucky for us Just Stoppers, she’s allowed me to feature one of the delicious recipes from her new best selling book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, here. This Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups recipe takes all the guilt out of a decadent treat and is a blast to make. And the best part? We don’t have to “go off” of our diets or healthy eating plans to make and enjoy it. Joy also uses all natural ingredients in the recipe, which is always a big plus.

From Junk Food to Joy Food is loaded with these kinds of recipe makeovers — the kind that take everyday favorites (usually loaded with calories, salt, etc.) and swaps them out for brand new, healthier versions of the recipes (each of which guarantees the same amount of flavor and satisfaction — but without the food hangover). And no, this is not a paid endorsement. Although I’d happily bribe Joy for being gracious enough to let me share this recipe.

For more information on From Junk Food to Joy Food, click here. And for more recipes and tips from Joy herself, you can click to her website. In the meantime, if you try the recipe below, please be sure to invite me over!

JOY BAUER’S FROZEN CHOCOLATE–PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Junk Food version (before): 290 calories
Joy Food version (after): 165 calories

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
¼ cup creamy nut or seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower seed, etc.)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup dark chocolate chips, or 3-ounce dark chocolate bar
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together the banana, nut butter, and vanilla. Mash everything together well and set aside.

Place 6 liners in a muffin tin and spray the liners liberally with nonstick oil spray. Silicone muffin liners work best, as it’s easier to remove the chocolate when it’s time to eat. Set the muffin tin aside.

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and almond milk on medium heat, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is smooth, add a generous tablespoon of the mixture to the bottom of each muffin liner. Then stick the muffin tin in the freezer to firm up the chocolate (about 10 minutes).

Once the chocolate is firm, distribute the banana filling evenly among the muffin cups and spread the filling out with your fingers. Then split the remaining chocolate among the cups, using your fingers to spread each layer evenly.

Place the tin back in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight works best).

When you’re ready to eat, pop each cup out of its liner and serve immediately!

(Makes 6 servings.)

Photo Source: Joy Bauer 

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5:10 pm - Posted by Gregg

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t necessarily the toughest holiday to navigate, healthy-eating and -living wise, I still (along with my pooch, Latte) wanted to take a moment to wish you lots of luck today (and everyday).

Should you be yearning for a little green beer today, you can try making your own (perhaps even with light or non-alcoholic beer) with these simple instructions for making green beer.

And for some healthier takes on some favorite St. Patrick’s Day meals and foods, check out these Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Menus (featuring better-for-you recipe makeovers for Irish Lamb Stew, Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread, Mini Shepherd’s Pies and more.

And if you do decide to treat yourself today, do it with a grateful heart and open mind. Remember that one meal won’t hurt our health – especially if we combine it with healthier choices for other meals on the same day and mix in a little exercise (or a brisk walk) before or after said meal.

Oh, and you might want to wear a little green today to avoid being pinched!

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March 10, 2016

It’s not too late!

12:53 pm - Posted by Gregg

It’s not too late to join me, nutrition guru Lisa Goldberg and a slew of other diet, exercise and mental wellness experts for the free Well Fed Mind Online Summit.

There is no charge for signing up and being treated to 21 top experts in the field of health and wellness that will speak about nutrition, a healthy mindset and the kind of movement that can help you get off of the diet roller coaster once and for all. These experts (including yours truly) will help you create lifestyle changes that are permanent and sustainable. All for no charge at all. Simply click here  to sign up today.

I’m truly so excited to be participating in this free online summit. I hope you’ll join me. (And please feel free to share this link with anyone else you think might value this kind of motivational information. After all, we’re all in this together!)

Top Photo Source: Eat Like A Goddess

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